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Antares rocket launch at Wallops postponed until October 17

Monday. In this handout provided by NASA, The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, stands on launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on October 15, 2016 Wallops Island, Virginia. This is the first launch of an Antares rocket since, October 28, 2014, when the rocket exploded on the launch pad. The last two Cygnus missions flew on United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rockets while engineers outfitted existing Antares boosters with new RD-181 engines.

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Pence says GOP will 'absolutely accept' election outcome

A new poll on Sunday suggested Hillary Clinton was leading Mr Trump by as many as 11 points. Since then a half-dozen allegations have been made against him by women. John Barry, the cousin of Summer Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant who on Friday accused Trump of having groped her, had released a statement Friday evening through the Trump campaign alleging that Zervos had "praised" Trump and supported Trump's presidential bid until recently.

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Trump Reckons Clinton Is Off Chops, Demands Drug Test Before Next Debate

The Republican nominee for president tweeted on Sunday that the election was being rigged at polling places, just hours after his running mate Gov. Mike Pence told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press that he will accept Election Day results .

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PM Modi Officially Begins BRICS Summit 2016

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have arrived in the state. "Thereafter there was a discussion on the thorny issue of fishermen", the spokesperson said. After his meeting with Sirisena at Benaulim , Modi tweeted, "Wonderful meeting with President @MaithripalaS".

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CNN Poll of Polls: Clinton leads Trump by 8 points

Trump's reasoning behind the potential drug test is because he believes Clinton might have been under the influence during the first two debates. Going even further, the former host of "The Apprentice" accused Clinton of barley being able to get into her vehicle by the end of the night, which has not been validated.

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Retaking Iraq's Mosul, an Islamic State stronghold, will be a complex offensive

He said he had raised the issue of protection civilians with the Iraqi government and received the "strongest assurances" from prime minister Haider al-Abadi. But over the past year the extremist group has suffered a series of defeats, and in Iraq it is now mostly confined to Mosul and some smaller nearby towns.

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Military exercise with Pak not targeted at India: Russia

The president of Russia accused the outgoing U.S. administration of "playing the Russian card" in order to distract voters from its failures, including a large state debt and bad diplomacy in the Middle East. The three projects are collectively worth an estimated $10.5 billion (over Rs 72,000 crore). Last week, the White House announced that US President Barack Obama is considering a "proportional response" to the alleged Russian cyberattacks, noting that any possible action taken may not ...

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EU Push To Boost Pressure On Russia, Syria Over Aleppo Bombing

The siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo , which is slowly choking the life out of nearly half the city, is being painfully drawn out because neither Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, nor the opposition are strong enough to win decisively, nor weak enough to be forced to capitulate.

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Donald Trump Claims Election Will Be Rigged at Polling Sites

But along with indicators such as polling, campaign travel, staffing and advertising, the interviews with Republican political professionals unaffiliated with the Trump campaign suggest only an epic collapse by Clinton would keep her from winning enough states to become president.

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Xi's milestone visit to Bangladesh boosts China's influence in the region

China cherishes its special friendship with the Cambodian royal family and places great value on developing bilateral relations, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday. Miguel Chanco, regional lead analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, said Xi's visit represented a Chinese reassurance amid rising criticism from the West over a crackdown on government critics before a 2018 general election.

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Scary clown sightings prompt police alert

A force spokesman said: "We are continuing to receive reports of the clown craze, which is causing distress and fear to people in our community". Police are urging people "to refrain from such activity". "My husband took our two dogs down to the bus stop but he (the clown) was already gone". One of the first sightings was reported in the state of Kentucky, US, in September.

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Iraqi Forces Begin Battle for Mosul

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. A police officer says the attacker drove his explosive-laden auto into an Iraqi army checkpoint in the town Youssifiyah, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the Iraqi capital. The city's political situation is complicated by the fact that it is surrounded by the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq, which does not answer to the central government in Baghdad .

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United Nations chief says ending Syria war 'biggest challenge'

Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due to attend a meeting in Lausanne on Saturday for talks on Syria. With an urban landscape of high-story buildings and 5,000 to 8,000 rebel fighters holding out against a combined force of Syrian army and Hezbollah and Iranian-backed Shiite fighters totalling no more than 20,000, it's a "hard task" to capture eastern Aleppo, said Anton Lavrov, an independent Russian military analyst.

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Syria: Rebel forces take back Dabiq from Islamic State group

Part of this is thought to be because the group has lost the allure of success it had when it was advancing. Members of a Turkish-backed Syrian opposition force patrol in Dabiq , Syria , Sunday, Oct. The group also named a publication after the northwest village. The group anticipates that its soldiers will clash with "crusader" forces in the town and has repeatedly called on Western armies to meet them there - even announcing in videos that "we are waiting for you at Dabiq ".

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Duterte willing to submit himself for ICC probe over drug-related killings

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday she was "deeply concerned" about the violence, and signalled Duterte could face prosecution by her body for his incitements to kill. Carlos said recent investigations had found that only 722 of the deaths under investigation or investigated were drug-related. The government initially rebuffed Callamard when she announced plans to take up Duterte's challenge.

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Erdogan says Iraq can not handle Mosul assault alone

There are also about 5,000 American forces in Iraq now, many of them from the 101st Airborne Division which occupied Mosul in 2003. Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky served in Mosul in 2009 after the USA invasion. But it's not clear if Iraqi Kurdistan can really cope with a mass exodus from Mosul , or with columns of refugees who may have IS fighters concealed among them.

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Thailand's 96-year-old privy council head appointed regent

The crown prince surprised many when he said in the wake of his father's death he would not immediately ascend to the throne, instead saying he preferred to wait until the "appropriate time" to take the throne of a monarchy steeped in formality and the ancient traditions captured in the musical The King and I .

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Iraq Launches Offensive To Recapture Mosul From 'Islamic State'

Thousands of pro-government forces have used as a platform an air base in the strategic town of Qayyarah, about 60km (37 miles) south of Mosul, which was recaptured in August. The Kurdish peshmerga forces say they will push IS out of a cluster of mostly Christian and Yazidi villages northeast of Mosul along the Nineveh plain, while Iraqi military troops try to cut the main supply line northwest of Mosul that links IS territory in Iraq to its strongholds in Syria.

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Iraqi PM: Operation to drive ISIS out of Mosul is imminent

Iraq has dropped leaflets over Mosul before, and has also done so as part of operations to retake other cities seized by ISIL in 2014 and 2015. For weeks, the assault on Mosul has been expected but disagreements have flared between coalition allies over how the greater Mosul region of Nineveh will be governed after liberation and who should be involved in the fight to get rid of IS.

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JMB leader hanged for killing two judges

Two judges - Jagannath Pandey and Shahid Sohel Ahmed - were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Purba Chadkati in the district town of Jhalakathi on 14 November, 2005. "We've stepped up security all over the city", Khulna Police Commissioner Nibhas Chandra Majhi told a foreign news agency. "His family including his wife, two little daughters, six sisters and several other relatives came to meet him for the last time just hours before the execution", the official said.

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U.S. Considering Major Cyber Attack Against Russia

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a photo opportunity ahead of India-Russia Annual Summit in Benaulim, in the western state of Goa, India, October 15, 2016 . India and Russian Federation have been in talks for over a year for the purchase of at least five S-400 systems. The two leaders used the occasion to overcome differences that have cropped up between them in the past few years.

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Nigerian President Buhari Said His Wife Belongs To Kitchen

When asked weather she is not the closest to Buhari, Aisha said, "There is nothing I can tell him, he is seeing things himself". The governor disagreed with a Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, who stated that the President's trip to Germany was for medical reasons.

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Belgian Regional Parliament Vote Puts Canada-EU Free Trade Deal at Risk

For the European Commission, which represents the EU's 28 countries in trade talks, the completion of CETA is seen as a litmus test of its ability to negotiate trade deals for the bloc at a time when talks with the USA on a trade and investment pact are faltering.

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UNESCO Denies Jewish Connection to Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque

It also uses the term Buraq Plaza, placing Western Wall Plaza in quotes, appearing to deny a Jewish connection to the site. The vote was passed with 24 in favor, including Russian Federation and China, six opposed and 26 abstaining. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost the modicum of legitimacy it had left. "Israel will prevail because truth will prevail". The United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Estonia joined the United States in voting against the resolution.

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Grief after Thai king's death spills into anger

Junta-backed charter approved earlier this year in August by a referendum is said to be cementing the power of military as well as non-elected bodies. The junta last week urged citizens to report cases of lese majeste to authorities. Despite the threat of stiff jail sentences for lèse-majesté, Bhumibol increasingly drew criticism - on social media and occasionally even in public - after endorsing the 2006 coup.

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Russia Vetoes France's Security Council Resolution on Syria

The council debate is likely to prominently feature accusations from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other top Western leaders that Russian Federation and Syria are guilty of " war crimes " for intentionally bombing hospitals and civilians in Aleppo.

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Diane James quits as UKIP leader after just 18 days in role

Ms James' reign at the top of the anti-EU party was so short she had not officially registered herself as Ukip leader, meaning Mr Farage will carry on as acting leader until another leadership contest is completed. Mr Farage said he thought Ms James "had all the right qualities to do the job" but suggested personal reasons and the life-changing nature of the job were the reasons behind her departure.

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Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

More than 25,000 troops, including Iraqi soldiers, Sunni tribal fighters, Shiite militias, Kurdish and USA forces will take part in the operation, the most complex since American troops withdrew from Iraq five years ago. Coalition warplanes have pounded IS positions and will continue to provide close air support throughout the operation. There are more than 7,500 coalition military personnel deployed in Iraq , over half of them from the United States.

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United Nations resolution denies Jewish connection to Jerusalem holy sites, Netanyahu says

It seeks to safeguard the Palestinian cultural heritage and the distinctive character of east Jerusalem . UNESCO member states have renewed a resolution criticising Israel for restricting Muslim access to a Jerusalem holy site, a European diplomatic source said, angering Israel's government by also referring to the area only by its Muslim names.

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ISIS Fails In "Great Battle" In Village Of Dabiq

It said that in the last 24 hours of clashes, nine Turkey-backed fighters were killed and 24 were wounded while "many" ISIS fighters were killed. The Qaterji attack brought the death toll to 49 from strikes on opposition-run eastern Aleppo on Sunday, according to Al Haj.

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Iraqi army prepares to retake Mosul

The United Nations has tried to understand what life is like under Islamic State in cities like Mosul , and has been in touch with informers inside the city since Islamic State arrived. ISIS jihadists swept unopposed into Mosul two years ago to declare it the headquarters of their caliphate and Iraqi forces many of whom have been trained by Australian Defence Force personnel were yesterday amassing in the north to take it back.

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FG Promises To Rehabilitate Released Chibok Girls

Boko Haram had abducted 276 girls - ages 16 to 18 - at a boarding school in Chibok , Nigeria, in April 2014, which attracted global outcry. Out Of the 219 Chibok girls still missing, only 104 were left as the rest had been married off to top commanders of the sect and converted to Islam, Vanguard reports .

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Iraqi Army, Kurdish militia start large-scale operation on Mosul

Recent months have seen the army, backed by a 60-nation air coalition led by the US, retake much territory. "The United States and the rest of the global coalition stand ready to support Iraqi Security Forces, Peshmerga fighters and the people of Iraq in the hard fight ahead".

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Presidential Candidates Preparing To Face Off In Second Debate

He was strong. He was confident. The ad then goes on to show all the times Pence, who was declared the victor of the debate by CNN's span poll, denied Trump ever saying all the things he said. Last year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's running mate signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. "I'd argue that Mike had the single most decisive victory in the history of vice presidential debates ", Trump said.

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West Ham not sending Zaza back to Juventus - Bilic

Pardew signalled his intent at the beginning of the second half with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye from the bench but again it was West Ham who showed much more goal going forward early in the half. "I can only repeat what I said before, it was my decision". However the Hammers held on after Benteke headed over from close range and Adrian was forced to make a super stop to tip a Conner Wickham header over the crossbar in the dying stages - to secure a valubale three points and relieve ...


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